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"Children  of  the  Frontier 

Comite  Franco-Americain  pour  la  protection  des 
Enfants  de  la  Frontiere 


January  1,   1918 

rie  and  Simone  Truchon,  and  father.  Before  the  war  the  father  was 
a  mason.  He  has  been  at  the  front  since  war  broke  out.  The  mother,  left 
with  four  children,  found  it  difficult  to  give  them  sufficient  nourishment. 
She  had  lost  a  little  boy  of  tubercular  meningitis  in  190S.  In  March,  1916, 
a  second  boy,  Rene,  died  of  the  same  malady,  and  in  February,  1917,  the 
mother  succumbed  to  the  same  disease.  A  month  later  the  four-year-old 
daughter,  Simone,_  died  of  bronchial  pneumonia  following  measles.  Marie 
has  been  placed  in  the  Sanatorium  _  of  Ormesson,  at  the  expense  of  the 
Committee,  and  a  boy,  Alphonse,   is  in  our  colony  at  Gourin. 

American  Office  and  Work  Rooms 
18  West  57th  St.,  New  York  City 

French  Headquarters 
77  rue  d'Amsterdam,  Paris,  France 







Comite  Franco-Americain  pour  la  Protection  des 
Enfants  de  la  Frontiere 

18  WEST  57tli  STREET,  NEW  YORK  CITY 
Tel.  Circle  739 

Officers     and     Executive    Com- 
mittee in  Paris 

77  Rue  d' Amsterdam 

Mrs.    Cooper  Hewitt, 

Honorary  President 
Mr.  August  F.  Jaccaci, 

Mrs.  Robert  Woods  Bliss, 

Mr.   Arthur  Hugh  Frazier, 

CoMTESSE  Pierre  de  Viel-Castel 
Mrs.  William  H.  Hill 
Miss   Emily   R.   Cross 
Mr.    Carl    F.    Taylor 

Officers    and     Executive     Com- 
mittee in  New  York 

Mr.   Frederick  R.   Coudert, 

Miss  V.  D.  H.  Furman, 
Assistant    Treasurer, 

c/o  Columbia  Trust  Co., 
358    Fifth    Avenue, 
New    York 
Miss  Martha  L.   Draper, 
Chairman    of    Adoptions 
Mrs.  W.    K.  B.   Emerson, 
Secretary  of  Adoptions 
Mrs.   Joseph   Lindon    Smith, 

Field   Secretary 
Mrs.    Charles   P.    Howland, 
Secretary   of  Executive 

Chairman   of    Supply 
Mr.   Paul   D.    Cravath 
Mr.    Harry   Harkness    Flagler 
Mr.   Charles  P.    Howland 
Mr.  W.   F.   M.   Cutcheon 
Miss    Rosina    S.    Hoyt 

Miss    Helen    C.   Wilson, 
Executive    Secretary 

This  sister,  72  years  old,  with  two  of  her  young 
helpers,  is  arranging  her  traditional  bouquet  for 
guests.  Thanks  to  her  work  and  care  in  the  gar- 
den the  colony  has  not  suffered  from  lack  of  fresh 


January  1,  1918 

The  work  of 
this  Committee 
was  inaugurated 
in  1914  as  an 
emergency  rehef 
measure  to  care 
for  a  small  num- 
ber of  the  desti- 
tute refugees 
from  the  invad- 
ed districts  of 
France  and  Bel- 
gium. Steadily 
it  has  broadened 
in  scope,  and  be- 
come more  per- 
manent in  char- 
acter, and  the 
prolongation  of 
the  war,  with  the 

Le   Long   family   at   Liaucourt-Fosse,   near   Roge,   in   the  •  '  +  q'K1  in' 

Somme.      They    were    living    in    the    ruins    of    their    stable  ineVlXaDlC        lU" 
without   sufficient    food,    clothing   or   heat.      There    was    no 

hope   of   schooling  this   winter,    so   we   took  the  three   boys  CrCaSC  Of  miSCrV 
and  neighbors  are  going  to   help  care  for  the  mother,  the  "^  ' 

little   girl   and   baby   who   are   left.      The   father   and   older  rnnlrPQ       it       TYinTP 

brother  are   prisoners   in   Germany   and   they   have   had   no  lllclivca       It       IIIUI C 

news   of   them   since  they   were   taken.  .  .  ■. 

imperative  than 
ever  that  we  should  bear  our  share  of  the  burden. 

The  following  statement  of  the  work  accomplished 
during  the  last  j^ear  will  be  of  interest  to  those  who 
have  so  generousty  supported  this  undertaking. 


PERIOD !CA!.  rifW'<*»p<ii) 
it/«  22  Vffi 

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The  father  of  these  boys  suffers  from  deafness  and  the  shock  undergone  when  an 
obus  exploded  beside  him.  Tlie  mother  falling  ill,  was  taken  to  a  hospital  for  a  serious 
operation.  Faced  with  the  situation  of  being  obliged  to  return  to  the  front  and  with 
leaving  the  two  boys  and  a  seven-year-old  daughter  absolutely  alone,  the  poor  man 
turned  to  a  Sister  of  Charity  of  the  neighborhood,  who  directed  the  children  to  the 
Franco-American  Committee,  which  has  taken  the  children  under  its  care.  The  mother 
hopes  to  take  her  children  back  should  she  recover  and  regain  her  strength. 

The  Work  in  France 
We  have  been  fortunate  in  having  several  members 
on  our  Executive  Committee  in  Paris,  long  resident  in 
France,  through  whom  it  has  been  possible  to  keep  in 
exceptionally  close  and  sympathetic  touch  with  the 
French  people  and  government.  It  is  because  the  work 
has  the  confidence  of  the  French  that  we  have  been  able 
to  obtain  the  devoted  services  of  the  Sisters  and  Fathers 
to  care  for  the  children,  and  the  active  assistance  of 
many  individuals  who  give  time  and  service,  buildings 
and  furnishings. 

Relationship  with  Red  Cross 

A  close  and  harmonious  relationship  has  been  estab- 
lished with  the  Red  Cross  in  France.  Mr.  Carl  Taylor, 
of  our  Committee,  is  also  a  Red  Cross  official,  and  Mrs. 
William  H.  EKll  is  in  charge  of  one  department  of  the 
new  Children's  Bureau  which  the  Red  Cross  has  just 
estabhshed  under  the  able  direction  of  Dr.  Lucas,  a 
child  specialist,  loaned  by  the  University  of  California. 

[page  five] 

There  are  thus  two  hason  officers  for  these  organizations, 
and  already  much  benefit  has  resulted  from  this  co- 
ordination of  the  work  for  the  thousands  of  destitute 
children  in  France. 

Mr.  Auguste  F.  Jaccaci,  the  President  of  the  Comite, 
is  Advisor  of  the  Children's  Bureau  of  the  Red  Cross 
and  has  given  valuable  assistance  to  Dr.  Lucas  in  the 
latter's  Red  Cross  work. 

The  Comite  extends  most  heartfelt  thanks  to  the 
officials  of  the  Red  Cross,  both  in  France  and  America, 
for  their  assistance  in  shipping  supplies,  and  for  a 
donation  of  $5,000.00  for  office  expenses  in  France  for 
1918,  and  for  having  assigned  to  our  service  one  of  its 
physicians.  Dr.  Frederic  Hart  Wilson,  to  care  for  the 
children  in  our  colonies,  and  for  many  other  kindnesses. 

Carpenters'   Class  at  Cabourg. 


A  special  effort  is  being  made  to  educate  the  children 
adequately.  In  some  of  the  colonies  it  is  possible  for 
the  children  to  attend  the  schools  in  the  neighboring 
towns;  but  in  others,  owing  either  to  lack  of  schools 
or  to  the  health  of  the  children,  it  has  been  found  neces- 

[PAGE  six] 

sary  to  supply  kindergartens  and  special  teachers. 
Often  the  repatriated  children  have  been  entirely  with- 
out schooling  for  three  years,  and  special  training  is 
necessary  to  help-  them  take  their  places  in  the  indus- 
trial world. 

The  Comite  gives  the  children  a  regular  education  up 
to  the  age  of  thirteen,  and  after  that  the  girls  are  trained 
in  domestic  science,  sewing,  lace-making,  etc.,  and  the 
in  domestic  science,  sewing,  lace-making,  etc.,  and 
the   boys    apprenticed.      They    are    taught    carpentry, 

printing,  cobbling,  agri- 
culture, and  other  trades. 
Sixty-seven  boj'-s  are  now 
apprenticed,  their  earn- 
ings being  paid  over  to 
the  Comite  as  legal  guar- 
dian, and  used  for  the 
benefit  of  each  boy. 

Medical  Treatment 

Sincere  thanks  and  ap- 
preciation are  due  Dr. 
Charles  Fleck,  an  Ameri- 
can physician  who,  for 
four  months,  gave  untir- 
ing and  devoted  care  to 
the  children. 

Dr.  Fleck  reports  that 
he  found  the  general 
health  of  the  children  re- 
markably good,  but  that 
about  80  per  cent,  of 
them  suffer  to  some  de- 
gree from  structural 
irregularities  affecting 
respiration,  digestion  and 

This  little  boy  has  been  motherless  since 
1906.  His  father  has  disappeared.  The 
aunt,  who  had  cared  for  Raymond  and  his 
two  brothers,  finding  herself  in  a  distressing 
situation  financially,  has  asked  the  Franco- 
American  Committee  for  the  Protection  of 
the  Children  of  the  Frontier  to  take  care 
of  Raymond,  who  came  to  the  Committee 
in   an    emaciated   and   jenemic   condition. 

circulation.      This 


[page  seven] 

percentage  is,  of  course,  due  to  the  wretched  conditions 
in  which  they  have  been  hving.  In  many  cases  correc- 
tive exercises,  training  in  hygiene,  and  much  out-door 
living  will  be  sufficient  to  remedy  these  defects ;  others, 
more  serious,  will  require  extended  treatment. 

Dr.  Fleck's  work  has  resulted  in  evident  improve- 
ment in  the  condition  of  the  children,  and  he  is  planning 
to  return  next  summer  to  establish  a  summer  camp 
colony  for  about  two  hundred  of  the  children  who  are 
most  in  need  of  such  special  oversight  and  treatment. 

Dr.   Brodeur  at  Work. 
Dr._  Brodeur   is    a    graduate    of   the    Harvard    Dental    School    and    his    services    have 
been  given  us  for  a  year. 


An  American  dentist,  Dr.  A.  P.  Brodeur,  has  been 
busy  for  many  months  getting  the  children's  neglected 
teeth  into  hygienic  condition. 


It  is  with  the  greatest  appreciation  and  gratitude  that 
we  give  the  list  of  our  volunteer  workers  in  France. 
Their  contribution  of  unselfish  and  efficient  service  is 
invaluable,  and  we  only  wish  it  were  possible  to  give 
a  detailed  report  of  what  each  has  accomplished.     The 

[page  eight] 

Executive  Committee  never  could  have  accomplished 
such  an  amazing  amount  of  work  had  it  not  been  for 
the  untiring  help  of  these  volunteers. 

Miss  Lucina  Bateson 
Miss  Marjory  Cheney 
Miss  Emily  R.  Cross 
Mrs,  Wm.  Olmsted,  Jr. 
Mrs.  C.  T.  Owens 

Miss  Helen  L.  Russell 
Mrs.  Frances  Shaw 
Mrs.  Richard  P.  Strong 
Miss  Erica  Thorpe 

Number  of  Children  in  care  of  the  Comite 

The  comite  had  under  its  care,  on  December  1,  1917, 

1,365  children,  distributed  among  seven  Paris  depots, 

and  twenty-sev- 
en colonies  lo- 
cated in  differ- 
ent parts  of 
France.  The  av- 
erage per  capita 
cost  for  their 
maintenance  is 
Frs.  1.15. 

Sources  from 
which  the 
Children  Come 

The  children 
are  collected 
from  Belgium 
and  Alsace-Lor- 
raine, and  from 
many  parts  of 
invaded  France: 
the    Aisne    and 

Children   of   a   retaken   village   of   the    Somme   at   school  XVlieimS     rCglOUS, 

in    a    cellar.      All    of    these    children   had   been   under   the  ,               AT   r.    ,.  v^    ^ 

domination  of  the  Germans,  and  a  close  study  of  the  faces  t  H  6       i'l  a  1    II  C, 

will   show  that   their   spirit   has   been   quite   crushed.      The 

visitors    found    them    unresponsive    and    silent    when    one  J^ommC,        JVleUr- 

would  have  looked  for  life   and  spontaneity. 

[page  nine] 

the  et  Moselle,  Lille  (Nord),  Pas  de  Calais,  Charle- 
ville,  and  many  repatriated  from  the  "stolen  country" 
through  Evian.  In  many  cases  they  arrive  barefoot 
and  with  only  a  gingham  apron  to  protect  them  from 
the  cold.  They  are  all  frightened  and  homeless,  many 
of  them  ill  from  shock  and  exposure.  One  little  boy 
of  three  was  so  shattered  that  he  did  not  speak  for 
three  months  after  his  arrival;  but  in  most  cases  a  few 
weeks  restores  the  confidence  of  the  child. 

Boys  Playing  by  the  Sea  at  Cabourg. 

New  Colonies 

Two  hundred  and  sixty  new  children  have  been 
brought  in  during  the  last  three  months,  and  new 
colonies  to  house  them  are  being  opened  as  rapidly  as 
buildings  can  be  secured  and  made  ready. 

A  mountain  farm  colony  in  the  south  of  France  is 
being  opened,  with  the  assistance  of  Mile,  de  Rose, 
where  special  training  in  all  kinds  of  agriculture  is  to 
be  given.  It  is  hoped  that  this  colony  will  be  self-sup- 
porting at  the  end  of  three  years.  There  will  be  a  sani- 
torium  for  delicate  boys  connected  with  it. 

[page  ten] 

ing  number 

The  generosity  of  Mrs.  J.  Low  Harriman  has  made 
possible  the  estabhshment  of  a  sanitorium  at  Berck  for 
tubercular  cases,  of  which  there  is  a  large  and  increas- 
About  a  third  of  these  are  in  plaster. 

There  is  also 
a  new  colony 
with  a  capacity 
to  care  for  fifty 
little  children 
from  one  to 
three  years  old. 

Prevention  of 

Most  of  the 
children  come 
from  the  invad- 
ed districts,  but 
occasionally  chil- 
dren from  Paris 
are  taken  when 
they  are  found 
in  the  care  of 
tuberculous  par- 
ents or  guard- 

TJaby  born  of  a  French  mother  now  dead  and  a  German 
father,    in    a    retaken   village    of   the    Somme. 

Colonies  and  Depots 

Following  is  a  list  of  the  colonies  and  depots  where 
the  1,365  children  under  the  care  of  the  Comite  were 
housed  on  December  1st,  1917: 

[page  eleven] 

Picture   of   Children   Injured   in   Bombardments   at   La   Jonchere. 



1  Berck 


2  Blois 

Under  the  special  charge 
or  protection  of 

Mrs.  J.  Low  Harriman 
Mrs.  Wm.  H.  Hill 

No.  of 
Capa-     Dec.  1 
city        1917 


Sanatorium  for         30  14 

tubercular    children 
(bone  &  glands)  new 

Colony  for  girls        40  40 

Soeurs  de  la  Provi- 

3  Brandon 

4  Cabourg 

5  Caen 

6  Chasseneuil 

7  Chateaubourg 

[page  twelve] 

Colony  for  girls        33 
Soeurs  de  St.  Joseph 
de  Cluny 

Chicago  Colony  managed  Colony  for  boys 
by  Mrs.  Richard  P.  Strong   Soeurs  de  St. 

Vincent  de  Paul 

Colony  for  girls 
Soeurs  de  Bon 



Colony  for  girls        46 
Soeurs  de  St. 
Vincent  de  Paul 

Colony  for  girls        23 
Soeurs  de  St.  Joseph 
de  Cluny 






8  Les  Clarisses 

9  Cluny 

10  La  Cour 

11  Elancourt 

12  Goiirin 

13  Grandbourg 

14  Issy-les-Moulineux 

15  La  Jonchere 

16  Maisons  Alforts 

17  Boulogne 
("Maison  Francoise' 

18  Morangis 

19  Nemours 

Under  the  special  charge 
or  protection  of 

Comtesse  Pierre  de  Viel- 
Castel  and  Mrs.  Walter 
Gaj^  &  Comtesse  Charles 

No.  of 
Capa-     Dec.  1 
Description  city        1917 

Colony  for  girls         20 
Soeurs  de  St.  Joseph, 

Colony  for  boys        60 
Soeurs  de  St.  Joseph 
de  Cluny 

Colony  for  boys         90 
Soeurs  de  St. 
^'incent  de  Paul 

Colony  for  boys 
Soeurs  de  St. 
"S'incent  de  Paul 


Colony  for  boys         52 
Soeurs  de  St.  Joseph 
de  Clunv 

20  Neuilly 

21  Les  Ombrages 

22  Oulins 

Miss  Emily  R.  Cross 

Miss  Emily  R.  Cross 
Mrs.  Robert  Woods  Bliss 
Mrs.  Oliver  Roosevelt 

Mrs.  G.  Stanley 
Miss  Helen  L.  Russell 

Mrs.  Francis  Shaw 

Mrs.  Beverly  MacMonagle 

Colony  for  girls 
Soeurs  de  Notre 
Dame  de  Sion 

Colony  for  boys 

Boys  and  girls 




Colony  for  boys        30 
Soeurs  de  St.  Joseph 
de  Cluny 

Colony  for  little 
boys  and  girls 

Colony  for  boys 
Soeurs  de   Notre 
Dame  des  Anges 

Colony  for  girls 
Soeurs  de  St. 
Vincent  de  Paul 




Colony  for  boys        29 
and  girls.    Soeurs  de 
St.  Vincent  de  Paul 

Comtesse  Pierre  de  Viel- 
Castel  and  Mrs.  Walter 

Mrs.  Wm.  H.  Hill 

Colony  for  girls        69 
Soeurs  de  St.  Joseph 
d' Ypres 

Colony  for  boys  44 
and  girls.  Soeurs  de 
St.  Joseph  d'Ypres 















[page  thirteen] 

No.  of 



Under  the  special  charge 
or  protection  of 



Dec.  1 

23  Perreux 

Colony  for  girls 
Open  April- 
November  only 


24  Presles 

Miss  Marjorie  Cheney 

Colony  for  boys         62 
Soeurs  de  St.  Theresa 


de  Jesus 

25  Rennes 

Mme  and  Mille  Guillemot 

Colony  for  girls 



26  Rosay 

Mrs.  Wm.  H.   Hill 

Colony  for  boys         28 
Soeurs  de  St.  Joseph 


27  St.  Laurent 

Colony  for  girls         25 
(new)   not  yet  open 

Paris  Depots 

1  Bobillot 

2  Gentilly 

3  Meuniers 

4  Reuilly 

5  Sevres 

6  Stephenson 

7  Tombe   Issoire 

Depot   for   girls        40 
Soeurs  de  St. 
Vincent  de  Paul 

Depot   for  girls        20 
Soeurs  de  St. 
Vincent  de  Paul 

Depot   for   girls        34 
Soeurs  de  St. 
Vincent  de  Paul 

Depot   for  boys 
Soeurs  de  St. 
Vincent  de  Paul 

Depot  for   boys 
Soeurs  de  St. 
Vincent  de  Paul 

Depot   for  girls 
Soeurs  de  St. 
Vincent  de  Paul 


Depot   for  boys        30 
Soeurs  de  St. 
Vincent  de  Paul 










There  were  also  children  specially  cared  for,  as  follows: 

Placed  temporarily  in  private  sanatoria 19 

Placed  temporarily  in  hospitals 6 

Apprenticed 4^3 

Placed  out 33 

[page  fourteen] 

Marraine  System 

The  adoption  or  "marraine"  system  of  providing  for 
the  support  of  our  children  has  developed  until  688 
children  have  American  "godparents."  These  "god- 
parents" contribute  $72  a  year  for  the  support  of  each 
child,  and  many  also  give  $25  additional  to  supply  the 

In  order  to  extend  this  helpful  and  intimate  relation- 
ship, all  the  work  of  this  department  has  been  trans- 
ferred to  the  New  York  office,  and  placed  under  the 

Here    with   the    help    of   one    of   the    farmers    of    the    country-side,    who    loaned    his 
horses,    his   plow   and   his    harrow,    were    planted    350   kilos    of    potatoes.      The    children 
have   done   most   of   the   work   of   hoeing   and   putting   in   hills.      If   the    season   is    good 
there   should   be   a   crop    of   three   tons   of   potatoes. 

direct  charge  of  Mrs.  W.  K.  B.  Emerson,  18  West 
57th  Street,  New  York.,  to  whom  all  correspondence 
from  marraines,  and  applications  for  children,  should 
be  addressed,  and  who  will  gladly  furnish  detailed 

The  Paris  Committee  is  anxious  to  start  a  Christmas 
Fund  for  the  children,  to  insure  each  child  having  some 
gift.  We  will  be  grateful,  therefor,  to  receive  any 
contributions  in  money  ( not  articles )  toward  this  fund, 

[page  fifteen] 

and  will  forward  it  direct  to  Paris,  thus  assuring  an 
equal  happiness  to  every  child. 

Work  in  the  United  States 

On  this  side  of  the  water  the  work  has  grown  to 
correspond  with  the  increased  demands  from  the  French 
headquarters.  The  organization  has  gradually  become 
more  widely  known  until  there  are  now  groups  and 
individuals  all  over  the  United  States  who  are  contrib- 
uting toward  the  work. 

Much  of  this  growth  is  due  to  the  tireless  energy  of 
Mr.  and  Mrs.  Joseph  Lindon  Smith,  who,  during  the 
year,  visited  forty-eight  towns  and  cities,  organizing  and 
speaking  on  behalf  of  the  children.  This  year  they  are 
continuing  the  work,  their  recent  visit  to  France  making 
it  possible  for  them  to  give  a  first-hand  report  of 
present  conditions. 

Supply  Committee 

Clothing,  food  and  supplies  of  all  kinds  have  been 
shipped  in  large  quantities  from  the  United  States,  and 
it  is  hoped  that  this  year  we  may  be  able  greatly  to 
extend  this  service. 

Work  in  Schools 

A  great  accession  ta  our  strength  has  come  in  the 
form  of  the  organized  help  of  the  domestic  science 
departments  of  many  schools,  both  public  and  private. 
This  contribution  of  the  children  of  America  to  the 
children  of  France  promises  to  be  of  great  value. 

Number  of  Articles  Shipped 

The  total  number  of  articles  of  clothing  shipped  to 
France  during  1917,  from  all  groups  and  individuals 
combined,  is  85,000. 

[page  sixteen] 

Contributions  of  Sewing  or  Donated  Garments 

The  Comite  is  deeply  grateful  to  all  those  groups 

and  individuals  who  have  made  it  possible  to  clothe 

these  children  warmly  and  comfortably. 

A  list  follows  of  the  towns  and  cities  from  which 

these  garments  have  come.    Only  lack  of  space  prevents 

more  detailed  acknowledgment. 

A   corner   of   the   Vestiaire    of   the    Franco-American    Committee    for   the   Protection 
of  the  Children  of  the   Frontier  after  the  arrival  of  cases  from  America. 

[page  seventeen] 

Towns  and  Cities  Contributing  Sewing  and  Clothing 

Akkon,  Ohio 

Several  affiliated  groups,  sending  7  bags  and  5  boxes  of  clothing, 
Miss  Irene  Seiberling. 

Ank  Arbor,  Michigan 

Ivarge  center  of  many  affiliated  groups,  under  dierction  of  Mrs.  Louis 
P.  Hall,  sending  large  quantities  of  supplies  regularly. 

Albany,  N.  Y. 

Newly  organized  group,  Mrs.  J.  Fennimore  Cooper,  chairman. 

Athens,  Vt. 

Sewing  group,  Mrs.  Ned  W.  Wyman,  chairman 

Atlantic  City,  N.  J. 

Auburn,  Ind. 

Donations  of  many  thousand  articles,  through  Mrs.  Anise  C.  Leas. 

Burlington,  Vt. 

Sewing  and  donations  from  several  individuals. 


Garments  made. 

Boston,  Mass. 

Garments  made. 

Brooklyn,  N.  Y. 

Sewing  and  donations  by  groups,  individuals  and  schools. 

Buffalo,  N.  Y. 

Donations  of  clothing  and  sewing  from  several  individuals.  Miss 
Emily  Mettey. 

Cambridge,  Mass. 

New  England  Clothing  Committee  for  the  Children  of  the  Frontier, 
39  Garden  Street,  Cambridge,  Mass.,  Miss  Constance  Hall,  chairman. 
Shipping  center  for  New  England,  including  many  groups  and  indi- 

Canandaigua,  N.  Y. 

Canandaigua  Academy  and  individuals,  sewing.  Miss  A.  P.  Granger. 

Casanova,  Va. 

Sewing  group,  Mrs.  Annie  C.  S.  Nourse,  chairman. 

Cleveland,  Ohio. 

Donations  from  individuals. 

Clarkton,  Va. 

Garments  made. 

Chicago,  III. 

Sub-committee  and  shipping  center  for  Illinois.  Mrs.  Russell  Tyson, 
chairman;  Chicago  and  neighboring  groups. 

Celina,  Ohio. 

Clothing  made. 

Columbus,  Ohio 

Several  groups,  sending  large  contributions,   Mrs.   John  V.   Bonney, 

Cuyahoga  Falls,  Ohio. 

Garments  made. 

Devon,  Pa. 

"Little  White  Cottage"  Donation. 

Geneva,  Ohio. 

Sewing,  Trumbull  School. 

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Greenwich^  Conn. 

Clothing  made. 

Greenwich,  N.  Y. 

Hamilton,  Mass. 

Making  Garments. 

Howell,  Mich. 

Making  Garments. 

Jackson,  Michigan 

Sewing  and  contributions  from  several  individuals  and  groups. 

Kansas  City,  Mo. 

Donation  of  clothing. 

Labchmont,  N.  Y. 

Sewing,  public  school. 

Madison,  Ohio. 

Making  Garments. 

Meadvtlle,  Pa. 

Belgian  Relief  Society,  and  individuals;  regular  shipments  of  sewing 
and  many  donations,  Mrs.  P.  H.  Richard. 

McKenney,  Va. 

Clothing  made. 

Menlo  Park,  Cal. 

Donations  of  clothing  and  supplies. 

Miami,  Fla. 

Making  Garments. 

Mineola,  N.  Y. 

Nassau  County  Association,  regular  consignments  of  sewing. 

MONTCLAIR,    N.    J. 

Making  Garments. 

Mt.  Holly,  N.  Y. 

Making  garments. 

Mt.  Pocano  (Swiftwater),  N.  Y. 

Sewing  and  donations,  Miss  Esther  Fisher. 

MuNCiE,  Ind. 

Four  large  boxes  of  clothing  contributed  by  the  school  children. 

New  Bedford, 

Making  garments,  Mrs.  Horatio   Hathaway. 

Newport,  R.  I. 

Donation  of  clothing. 

New  York  City 

Sewing  and  donations  from: 

All  Souls  Unitarian  Church  through  Mrs.  Geo.  R.  Bishop. 

Grace  Mission  through  Mrs.  Paul  Dana. 

Madison  Ave.  Presbyterian  Church  through  Miss  K.  A.  Frost. 

Ethical  Culture  School. 

St.  James  Church  through  Deaconess  Van  Brochdorff. 

St.  Thomas  Church  through  Mrs.  R.  V.  Elliott  and  Mrs.  C.  S.  Kerby. 

National  Special  Aid  Society  through  Mrs.  Chas.  Ditson. 

Trinity  Mission. 

Woman's  Work  Shop,  through  Mrs.  Wm.  C.  Osborn. 

Many  individuals. 

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New  YorKj  Westchester  Coukty. 

Red  Cross  Chapters,  sewing  and  donations. 

Armonk  Harmon-on-Hudson 

White  Plains  Pelham 

Ardsley  Hartsdale 

Bedford  Hills  Katonah 

Bronxville  Briarcliff 

Peekskill  Dobbs   Ferry 

Hastings-on-Hudson  Ossining 

Port  Chester  Mt.  Kisco 

Yonkers  Pleasantville 

Rye  Yorktown  Heights 

Mamaroneck  New  Rochelle 

OatJifaTJiT,  Me. 

Making  Garments. 

Orange,  N.  J. 

Making  Garments. 

PassaiCj  N.  J. 

Peace  Dale,  R.  I. 

Sewing  and  donations,  Mrs.  O.  C.  Goodwin. 

Perth  Aiuboy,  N.  J. 

Making  Garments. 

Philadelphia,  Pa. 

POJMOXA,   N.    Y. 

Sewing  and  donations,  Mrs.  C.  B.  Boorum. 

Providence^  R.  I. 

Several    groups,    individuals   and    schools;    much    sewing   and    many 

Redlastds,  Cal. 

Making  garments. 

Richmond,  Va. 

Donations,  Mrs.  Stuart  Bryan. 


Sewing  and  donations. 


St.  Louis,  Mo. 

Large  center,  comprising  several  groups,  and  shipping  many  boxes  of 
clothing  and  supplies,  Mrs.  Gouverneur  Calhoun. 

Stockbridge,  Mass. 

Donation  of  clothing. 

Syosset,  L.  I. 

Sewing  and  donations. 

Troy,  N.  Y. 


Windsor,  Vt. 


Walpole,  N.  H. 

Sewing  and  donations,  Mrs.  F.  Spaulding. 

Warren,  Pa. 

Sewing  and  donations. 

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WashingtoNj  D.  C. 

Several  groups,  sending  many  boxes  of  clothing. 

Westbrook,  Me. 

Making  garments,  Mrs.  E.  S.  Cobb. 

Weston,  Mass. 


Donations  and  sewing,  Mrs.  Joseph  Bancroft, 


Making  Garments,  Miss  Edith  Edwards. 

Ypsilanti,  Mich. 

Making  garments. 

Two  experts  in  the  lace-class  at  Versailles,  Les  Ombrages,  colony 
of  the  Comite  Franco-Americain  pour  la  Protection  des  Enfants  de 
la  Frontiere,  under  the  special  protection  of  Countess  Pierre  de 
Viel-Castel  and  Mrs.   Walter  Gay. 

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Requirements  for  1918 

Those  who  are  helping  us  in  the  work  of  clothing  the 
children  under  the  care  of  the  Comite  will  be  interested 
to  know  what  the  requirements  are  for  1918.  In  round 
numbers  the  Paris  Committee  has  asked  for  the  follow- 
ing garments: 

4000  black  sateen  aprons 
12000  gingham  aprons 
15000  pairs  of  stockings 

800  pairs  of  socks  for  older  boys 

3000  handkerchiefs 
600  hair  brushes 
600  combs 

5000  cakes  Ivory  soap 

8000  wash  cloths 

3000  pairs  khaki  trousers 

3000  gingham  blouses 

3000  flannel  blouses 

6000  negligee  shirts 

6000  nightshirts 

6000  nightgowns 

1500  cotton  dresses 

9000  chemises 

4000  underwaists  and  corset  covers 

5000  pairs  of  drawers 

4000  petticoats 

1500  caps 

1000  sweaters 
500  boys'   suits 

1000  wool  dresses 

1000  coats  and  caps 
and  mittens,  mufflers,  suspehders,  etc.,  in  indefinite  numbers. 

Only  the  continued  help  of  all  our  sewing  groups 
will  enable  us  to  fill  this  requisition. 

New  York  Work  Rooms 

24,592  garments  have  been  cut,  sorted,  counted,  sent 
out,  and,  together  with  an  almost  equal  number  of 
donated  garments,  packed  for  shipment  to  France  in 
the  New  York  work  rooms.  This  immense  amount  of 
work  could  never  have  been  accomplished  had  it  not 
been  for  the  efficient  and  steady  co-operation  of  the 

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New  York  volunteer  workers  in  a  task  which  has  con- 
sisted mostly  of  hard  and  monotonous  drudgery,  with- 
out the  inspiration  which  immediate  contact  with  the 
great  struggle  has  given  to  the  volunteer  workers  on 
the  other  side  of  the  water.  Our  thanks  are  due  to  all 
who  have  made  it  possible  to  meet  the  demands  upon 
the  New  York  office,  and  especially  to  those  whose 
names  follow: 

Miss  Mary  C.  Brown  Mrs.  Fred.  C.  Lord 

Mrs.  F.  R.  Coudert  Mrs.  J.  MacDonough 

Mrs.  George  A,  Crocker,  Jr.  Mrs.  R.  M.  Parsons 

Mrs.  R.  J.  Cross  Mrs.  Charles  Phelps 

Mrs.  Cutler  Mrs.  L.  B.  Rand 

Mrs.  W,  North  Duane  Miss  Emily  Redmond 

Mrs.  Peter  Farnum  Miss  Lelia  Redmond 

Miss  Harriet  Hammond  Mrs.  Horace  Russell 

Miss  Mary  Hayden  Miss  M.  L.  Russell 

Mrs.  Charles  D.  Hazen  Mrs.  H.  S.  Satterlee 

Mrs.  Colgate  Hoyt,  Jr.  Mrs.  L.  Graeme  Scott 

Mrs.   Henry  Hoyt  Mrs.  Guy  Scull 

Miss  F.  L.  Howland  Mrs.  Henry  R.  Stern 

Mrs.  W.  H.  Hutcheson  Miss  Helen  Taylor 

Mrs.  E.  C.  Jameson  Mrs.  Maurice  Tremblay 

Mrs.  Pierre  Jay  Miss  N.  du  Vivier 

Especial  acknowledgment  and  thanks  is  due  also  to 
JNIrs.  Henry  Wise  Wood  for  her  work  in  raising  a 
special  blanket  fund. 

A  large  debt  of  appreciation  and  gratitude  is  due  to 
Judge  Frederick  R.  Wells  for  the  use  of  work  rooms 
for  eight  months,  and  to  M.  Charvet  &  Cie  for  our 
present  quarters. 


The  French  government  has  recently  organized  the 
Service  de  Transport  France- Amerique,  which  works 
as  an  auxiliary  autonomous  service  attached  to  the 
Under- Secretaryship  for  Maritime  Transports  and  to 
the  War  Office.  The  aim  of  this  service  is  to  overcome 
the  difficulties  in  the  transportation  of  gifts  in  kind  from 

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America  to  France.  The  gifts  are  received  and  trans- 
mitted, without  charge  to  the  donors,  to  the  benefiting 
organizations  in  France.  The  Service  accepts  all  gifts 
in  kind,  such  as  food  products,  clothing,  etc.,  with  the 
exception  of  worn  articles  of  clothing  or  perishable 

Through  the  great  generosity  of  the  French  govern- 
ment, the  Comite  Franco- Americain  is  able  to  ship  all 
its  supplies  by  means  of  the  Service,  and  extends  its 
thanks  for  this  great  gift,  which  has  made  possible  the 
continuation  of  its  work  in  America. 

It  is  with  regret  that  we  must  ask  our  contributors  to 
discontinue  sending  us  worn  clothing. 


Without  the  steady  and  increasing  interest  and  sup- 
port of  the  hundreds  of  marraines  and  contributors  to 
the  funds  of  the  Comite,  the  work  in  France  could  not 
have  continued.  To  all  those  whose  contributions  dur- 
ing the  past  year  have  made  possible  the  comfort, 
health  and  safety  of  this  regiment  of  refugee  children, 
the  Comite,  in  the  name  of  the  children,  extends  its 
most  sincere  and  earnest  thanks,  and  asks  for  continued 
support  during  the  trying  times  ahead. 

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The  mother  of  this  delicate  little  boy  died  of  a  painful 
illness  during  the  bombardment  of  Poperinghe,  after  which 
her  six  children  were  left  to  themselves  and  obliged  to  beg  for 
food  in  the  streets.  Little  Nestor  came  to  Paris  on  July  ,31st 
with  fifty  refugee  children  from  the  North,  all  of  whom  were 
received  by  the  Comite  Franco- Americain  pour  la  Protection 
des  Enfants  de  la  Frontiere.  Nestor  was  suffering  from  ricketts 
and  was  too  weak  to  stand  or  walk.  He  has  an  excellent 
rnentality  and  a  smile  which  wins  all  hearts.  Though  weak, 
his  physical  improvement  is  perceptible.  He  is  at  La  Jonchiere, 
the  Sanatorium  of  the  Committee,  which  is  under  the  special 
protection    of    Mrs.    Robert   Woods   Bliss. 

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Following  is  a  statement  of  all  sums  expended  by  the  American 
committee  since  the  organisation  of  the  Comite  Franco-American  in 
August,  1914.,  to  December  31,  1917: 

General  Fund 

Remittances  to  Paris,  for  the  support  of  the  children.  .  $161,416.72 

Purchase  of  materials,  shoes,  and  clothing,  etc 33,874.51 

Purchase    of    food 4,800.19 

Purchase  of  blankets .     1,892.50 

Passage  for  nurse 78.75 

Purchase  of  books  (special  donation) 50.00 

Total    $202,112.67 

Adoption  Fund 

Remittances  to  Paris  for  support  of  "adopted"  children  $66,410.45 

Cable  and  exchange  on  checks 11.13 

Total    .  .  .' $66,421.58 

Administration  Fund 

(All  administration  expenses  are  paid  for  from  a 
fund  specially  contributed  for  that  purpose;  donations 
and  subscriptions  to  the  general  and  adoption  funds  go 
entirely  to  the  support  of  the  children.) 

Salaries    $2,230.38 

Expenses  of  bazaars,  Chicago  and  New  York 795.45 

Office  expenses   (tel.,  light  7c.) 550.52 

Stationery,  printing,  postage,  cables,  telegrams 1,982.61 

Expressage    88.74 

Miscellaneous    734.99 

Total     $6,517.99 

(Sgd)   Frederic  R.  Coudert, 


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Following  is  a  statement  of  all  expenditures  in  France,  from 
January  1,  1917,  to  October  31,  1917.  Delays  in  communication 
make  it  impossible  to  give  the  statement  for  the  full  year.  Amounts 
are  in  francs. 

January  1  to  October  31,  1917 

General  and  Marraine  Funds 

Support  of  colonies Frs.  257,533.30 

Support  of  Paris  depots 45,621.75 

Children  requiring  special  care 3,244.75 

For  maintenance  of  children  in  hospitals  and  private 

institutions     7,355.50 

Clothing    27,943.80 

Medical  services    4  157.65 

Dentist,   supplies,   etc 2,264.80 

Provisions  (special  purchases) 943.00 

Expense  account 1  416.00 

General   charities    . 1  282.00 

Advertising    36.00 

Miscellaneous    986.10 

Total    Frs.   352,784.65 

Expenditures  covered  by  special  donations 34,164.00 


Administration  Account 

(All  administration  expenses  are  paid  from  spe- 
cially contributed  funds,  and  not  from  the  general 
or  marraine  funds.) 

Rent    Frs.  3,341.85 

Light  and  heat 557.10 

Fixtures   and  fittings 2,339.55 

Salaries     15,414.60 

Transportation    749.40 

Stamps,  telephone  and  telegraph 3,237.65 

Stationery  and  books 2,214.55 

Sundries 795.85 

Typewriters 1,935.00 

Insurance   118.85 

Travelling  expenses 825.30 

Expense  of  motor 2,133.40 

Miscellaneous    987.40 

Total , Frs.  34,650.50 

Frederic    R.   Coudert, 


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Child  in  the  street  of  a  retaken  village 
of  the  Somme  receiving  sweets  from  a  dis- 
trict   visitor.